SALYERSVILLE – Although the grand total has yet to be tabulated, early indications are showing the 2009 Magoffin County Relay for Life as one of the most successful ever here.
"It was a big success," Betty May, Relay for Life chairperson, said of last weekend’s event.
"We’re still gathering money in," she added. "We raised more money this year than we have in the past. We just don’t know a total yet."
Relay for Life, the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, was held Friday evening and Saturday morning at North Magoffin Elementary.
Teams representing area businesses, churches, and civic groups participated in the event by raising money and by taking turns walking laps throughout the night.
"There are still some teams that are turning in money," May said.
Relay for Life also served to honor the memory of those who have passed away due to cancer, those who are currently battling the disease, and cancer survivors.
The event, attracting a huge crowd, also featured games for children of all ages, food, entertainment, and other fun family activities.
All proceeds from the event go to the American Cancer Society for research and other services. Some proceeds are shared by Hope Lodge, which gives free lodging to family members of those receiving cancer treatment in the Lexington area.
Also, the event helps finance local cancer programs that provide patients with wigs, prosthetics, and other assistance.
Relay for Life is an annual event in Magoffin County. Anyone wishing to donate, though, can do so at any time by contacting Betty May or Francis Crace.